Kazumi Watanabe

Jazz fusion, Musical Artist

1953 –


Who is Kazumi Watanabe?

Kazumi Watanabe is a jazz and jazz fusion guitarist, from Tokyo, Japan. He was born on October 14, 1953

Kazumi learned to play guitar from Sadanori Nakamure, one of Japan's grandmaster guitarists. Kazumi released his first recording in 1971, and quickly became a promising guitarist in his own right. In 1979, he formed an all-star band with some of Japan's leading studio musicians, and recorded the album Kylyn, which is considered a masterpiece in fusion music.

During the eighties Watanabe released a considerable number of jazz-rock albums. To Chi Ka, with its funk influences and bright sound, is probably the most famous early title. Some latter albums, such as Mobo Club and Mobo Splash display more experimental tendencies. But the most famous of all is Spice of Life which is written in a strongly melodic style. A DVD has been issued from the tour in which the music was played with drummer Bill Bruford and bassist Jeff Berlin. In the 1990s Kazumi assembled an all-Japanese line-up called Resonance Vox. This band has released several adventurous fusion albums.

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Oct 14, 1953
Shibuya, Tokyo
  • Japan

on July 23, 2013


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